Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New pants - Burdastyle 02-2011-123

I have made a new pair of pants.  I bought this stretch cotton fabric from The Fabric Collection two years ago and I wish I had made them sooner.  I love this fabric and the colour is the perfect new basic colour for my wardrobe!

The pattern is Burdastyle 02-2011-123.  I did not make the front pockets but did make the back welt pocket with the addition of a button.  I used the instructions from 'Pants for Real People' for the welt pocket, but otherwise used Burda's instructions.

I actually really like their fly instructions!

The pattern adjustments I made (when I was making it) were to add 1/2" to the front inner leg (1/2" at crotch tapering to 0 at hem).  This alteration is Ala Sandra Betzina.  I make this adjustment  for my full front thigh, but I think it also helps with the pants sitting better over a belly.

After the pants were almost finished I realised I needed to take in the waistband about 1/2" each side and tapered to the hips.  A bit of a pain but the construction order of these pants made it hard to check this sizing.  I really should have made a muslin first!

After I made the pants and took these photos it became obvious that I had a jodphur-look going on at the sides.

The side seams however hang pretty straight.

So I decided it needed to be taken in at the sides at the 'jodphur' area from the back seam only. This did help.

This is to show the waistband detail...

I still have not perfected the fit but am happy that these pants are comfortable and very wearable still.  In fact I am quite thrilled with them.  Super happy with the fly and the welt pocket and the fit is getting closer to how I think pants should fit.

I love how this colour makes my wardrobe work really well and so in that interest I may have bought another similar colour from the Fabric Collection to make a skirt (most likely Burda 06/2013 121).

Along with some dark brown cotton/elastane blend for another V1247 skirt and an ivory silk/cotton blend for a floaty sleeveless shirt.


  1. Lovely pants. Very nice welt pocket! Isn't it great when you find a fabric you love in the right colour? Enjoy wearing them.

  2. Nice work with the pocket and fly. Great colour too.

  3. Very nicely done. I bet they become a wardrobe staple for you...

  4. What a great basic! I'll bet you wear these often! I've always "been afraid" of welt pockets. I need to sew some practice ones and forge ahead. Front fly looks terrific.

  5. The colour is a great one for your wardrobe and I love those pockets. Great job on seeing them through to completion!

  6. Impressive back welt pockets and fly. Do I see you getting organised for the mini wardrobe competition?

  7. Did I see you say that the Burda instructions were actually good? That may be a first! I'll have to remember this pattern for the future, because your welts and fly front are perfect

  8. Amazing and very professional pockets! Great looking pants, you will totally wear these for years!

  9. The fit may not be "perfect", but they look very good. And excellent job on the pocket & zipper.


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